Traffic Enforcement Unit

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is supervised by Lt. Mark Pulliam. The Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for enforcing the Georgia traffic laws and responding to collisions, hit and run collisions, collisions with injuries, and collisions with fatalities.  The Traffic Enforcement Unit uses education and enforcement as they focus to reduce the number and severity of the collisions occurring in Athens-Clarke County.  

The Traffic Unit was awarded a H.E.A.T. grant from GOHS in the amount of $250,000 in October, 2014 and the grant was continued in October, 2016 at $117,422.19. 

Traffic Enforcement Unit Responsibilities
  • Detect and arrest drivers for operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Maintain the speed detection permit for ACCPD.
  • Maintain the original documents for ACCPD's breath alcohol testing machines.
  • Serve as the liaison to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
  • Provide instruction in New Officer Basic Course (NOBC) and Citizen Police Academy classes.
  • Conduct free child seat inspections and provide child seats to qualified citizens.
  • Provide bike safety checks in coordination with SafeKids, BikeAthens and other interested groups.
  • Maintain and place speed trailer(s) and variable message sign.

2016 Traffic Statistics

Departmental Total

2016

2015

% Change

Total Collisions 7,492 6,059 +24%
Total Fatalities 14 15 - 7%
Hit and Run Collisions 1,350 1,258 + 7%
       

Traffic Enforcement Unit

2016

2015

% Change

DUI 263 341 -23%
Speeding 3,121 5,293 -41%
Seat Belt 1,162 1,533 -24%
Child Restraint 198 196 + 1%
Pedestrian Violations 109 262 -58%
Warnings 1,721 2,634 -35%
Citations 8,496 11,518 -26%
Total (Citations & Warnings) 10, 217 14,152 -28%
Collisions (worked by Traffic Enforcement Unit) 3,949 2,799 +41%
       

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